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this morning on "early today". rupert murdoch denied responsibility for the scandal that rocked his company. ending the impasse. are president obama and lawmakers turning to a new strategy for reducing the federal debt? and terror on the ack. a motocross racer manages to survive a literally high-flying crash. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello, and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with a humbling
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day. the murdochs have made a business out of covering stories. well, yesterday they were the story. testifying in a dramatic hearing about phone hacking scandal rocking their media empire. next up for questioning this morning is going to be english prime minister david cameron. nbc's stephanie gosk reports. >> reporter: the man who runs the second largest media company in the world side-by-side with his son in front of members of parliament, apologetic. >> i would like to say one sentence. this continues to be the most humble day of my life. >> i would like to say how sorry i am and how sorry we are to the victims of illegal voice mail interceptions and their families. >> reporter: from the beginning james took the lead. >> i think my son can perhaps answer that in more detail. >> i think that's a question, again, for james. >> jumping in to help his
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80-year-old father when he stumbled to find the answers. it was rupert murdoch's wife who stepped in at the most critical moment. a right hook to protect her husband from a surprise pie attack. the protester, an amateur comedian was arrested and led away by police. his name is johnny marvel. the committee focused on who knew what and when. both of the murdochs repeatedly denied prior knowledge and never assumed responsibility. >> i don't know. >> i have no knowledge. >> i haven't heard of that. >> i don't have direct knowledge of that. >> i can't answer. i don't know. >> reporter: at one point murdoch claimed his company is too beg for him to know the details of each business. there could be more tough questions ahead for rupert and james murdoch. the british prime minister has called a judiciary inquiry, and there are some u.s. lawmakers
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that want their own hearing so they can question the media mogul himself on capitol hill. stephanie gosk, nbc news, london. to washington now where lawmakers finally appear to be making some bipartisan process in the ongoing divide over what to do about the nation's debt limit. for the latest on that we go to nbc's tracie potts. she's in washington d.c. for us. >> reporter: just a glimmer of hope this morning from the gang of six, three democrats and republicans, who have been working together on a compromise. the plan on the table would cut $4 trillion from the deficit, lower taxes, but also bring in $1 trillion in new revenues by closing tax loopholes. both sides seem to like it at least as a first step. president obama calling this a very significant step in line with what he has been working on at the white house. republicans say it has some good elements. they want to take a very close look at this. that after republicans yesterday in the house passed their tax cut and balance plan.
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it's not expected to pass the senate as it moves forward today. president obama has already said he will not sign that $6 trillion plan, but there's still significant opposition here on capitol hill, but not across the country. a new nbc poll finds most americans want to see compromise here, lynn. >> tracie, thanks so much. now here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. a carjacking led to an explosion of water in one los angeles neighborhood. the stolen car barrelled over a fire hydrant creating that massive geyser that showered nearby homes. it took firefighters over an hour to shut the hydrant off. the alleged carjacker was hospitalized and then arrested. in minneapolis a section of interstate 94 surrendered to soaring temperatures. the pavement on two northbound lanes buckled from the high heat and humidity. crews shut down the lanes, slowing traffic to a crawl. those delays will continue until the lanes are repaired. in chicago hot, humid air
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mixing with the cool waters of lake michigan proved to be a bad combination for beach goers. thick fog forced officials to ban swimming at several beaches. high winds pushed the fog inland limiting visibility for lifeguards, and at one point the fog even moved into the downtown area before dissipating. now for a look at your national and regional weather, here's nbc meteorologist bill karins with your weather channel forecast. good morning. those are just two stories from around the country. we could probably put -- i think there are something like 31 states under a heat advisory today. it's just wild. >> it's spreading as we well advertised. it was 120 heat index in minneapolis yesterday at one point. the temperature down in dallas was 101. that's the 18th day in a row that dallas was above 100 degrees. i mean, this is impressive stuff. look at d.c. i don't want to leave out the east coast. it was 97. it was 94 in new york. it's not like it's just the midwest. what's different in the midwest is that they have the humidity.
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the jet stream is flattening out a little bit. we'll get a break in montana today and eventually here later today in the dakotas, but all the heat is building down for the eastern half of the country. we're watching the humidity. these dewpoints, it's above 70, and it means it's uncomfortable. it measures the amount of moisture in the air, and highest dewpoints were up around minneapolis. yesterday it was 84, an unheard of number and record for that city. right now it feels like 93 when you walk outside to get your morning paper in minneapolis. still has a high dewpoint everywhere. it's another day to say, as lynn mentioned, look how many states are under watches and warnings and everyone east of the rockies will be at least in the 90s today. that's a look at your national forecast. now here's the weather outside your window. not a lot of rain out there to be found. oklahoma city, another day in the often for you. 103. you're warm in phoenix today, which will be 107. the heat and humidity high in the ohio valley today. heat warnings for chicago. well, some people will get a
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break as we head towards the next couple of days, but many of us, it will actually get worse. >> all right, bill. hopefully it's not that big of a part of the country that falls into that category. thanks so much. apple dominates. big blue sparkles, and modesty in milan. your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus, we'll tell you why compared to this hollywood friend, matt damon thinks he has it pretty good. coming up, a spectacular crash, a comedy of errors, and what in the world is getting into the pittsburgh pirates. you're watching "early today."
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good morning. welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry, and here are your top headlines this morning. the fbi has arrested a man accused of being an agent for pakistan's state intelligence service who allegedly funneled roughly $2 million in
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contributions to u.s. political candidates and organizations without disclosing his connections to the pakistani government. the fbi says the man's goal was to till u.s. policy against indian control in kashmir. the justice department says 14 people have been arrested in nine states and the district of columbia for allegedly mounting a seeber attack on the pay pal website. the group anonymous claimed responsibility, calling it retaliation for the site's connection to wikileaks accounts. a mother and daughter died when they drove into a section of wyoming highway and was swept away by a raging creek. only the father managed to escape. in california witnesses say a hiker was swept over a waterfall in yosemite national park. a search and rescue operation was suspended overnight and will resume in the morning. for the second time in a week sicily's mount etna will have spewed lava and molten rock
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closing down the island's main airport. and now here's an early look at one of your top health headlines on a series of calorie counters base diet decisions on things that put them over the limit. nearly one in five items contain 100 or more excess calories than advertised on menus in fast food restaurants. over a year taking in 100 extra calories a day, you could gain 11 to 33 pounds. for more information on this and other health stories, you can check out the health page at >> early today health is brought to you by vagisil cream. >> now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12,587 after jumping 202 points yesterday. the s&p spiked 21 points. the nasdaq jumped 6 1.
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the nikkei climbed, and the hang seng added 101. tuesday, strong earnings and hopes for a deal in washington boosted stocks to their best day since march. the dow had its biggest one-day jump in this year. tuesday's gains turned all three majors positive for the month. the nasdaq gained more than 2% led by apple hitting a 52-week high. after closing apple posted stunning sales, vaulting past nokia and samsung to become the biggest smartphone maker and it sent shares higher after hours. ibm sent big blue. coca-cola's results were up over 3%. >> harley davidson was the top performer after reporting its first sales increase since 2006. among financials wells fargo
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soared 6% after a profit hike. key bank had a boost in earnings. bank of america and goldman sachs fell on disappointing results. in data june's new home and apartment construction jumped to a six-month high. single family home construction saw its buggest increase in over two years. home builders lennar and dr horton gain odd that news. after the bell struggling yahoo reported a net revenue drop. yahoo is down more than 20% from the 52-week high in may. today's ipo is the real estate listing service zillow opening at $20 a share. and, finally, trade unions in italy are up in arms over "derating merchandizing of the human body" after a milan department store used live models in shorts and bikinis in shop windows. coming up, the pirates, the yankees blunder, and a memorable
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play at the plate. plus, a frightening motocross mishap with a happy ending. early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. in weather we are halfway through our historic heat wave, and now it's the east coast's turn to get a dose of the furnace. your forecast is coming up. you're watching "early today."
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good morning. if you are just weaking up, this is "early today." in sports they don't have a big budget. they don't have many big name players. in case you haven't noticed, the pittsburgh pirates are a first place team. here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at your sports headlines. good morning. i know it's only july, and there are some 60 games left in the season, but give it up for the pittsburgh pirates. what do you say? a team that has not been relevant since the clinton administration is now atop the nl central. everybody likes a winner, and the pirates are the talk of the town in pittsburgh. andrew mchutchin with a ground-out. pirates, 1-0. james mcdonald, and three releaves combined for a six-hit shut-out. the pirates are in first place and beat the reds 1-0. the rays lost the last two games, but the baseball godz made up for it last night. eddie. in came a rin. yanks and rays. johnny damon to center.
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curtis granderson made a grab. sent the ball halfway to tallahassee. yanks with a comedy of errors in the sept. the rays won it 3-2. look at this. as and tigers. carlos, a shot down the line. martinez hustled from first. got the green light to go home. the throw in plate was in time, but curt could not apply the tag. martinez went past the plate and was safe. great body control, and it makes suzuki look like a fish out of water. tigers win 8-3. we've had several crashes in the tour de france over the last few weeks, but nothing on two wheels compares to this. motocross championships in minnesota. chad in first place. he was airborne. lost control of his bike and fell from 50 feet before hitting the ground. luckily, he was okay. in fact, he was good to go. got back on his bike, continued the race. another look at the crash. when asked what was going through his mind, he said he was just hoping not to land on his
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head. it's good to see chad has his priorities in line. that's your early look at sports on "early today." i'm fred roggin. >> as i pick up my jaw. who is saying what over mark anthony and j. lo's divorce? your early morning entertainment headlines from straight ahead. plus, love is a many splendorred thing, but can it save lives? you're watching "early today."
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> welcome become back to "early today." almost everyone is under a heat watch or heat advisory. this is the peak of the heat wave. once again, about 95 to 100 from canada all the way down to texas. we're still in the 90s on the east coast, and in new england enjoy one decent day before the heat really blasts your way tomorrow. look at d.c. 100, new york city. well, if you are watching us on wvsh 2 in orlando, florida, head to nearby houston where a small town girl is trying to make it big in the city at thoroughly modern millie at the bay street players. that's your early today event of the day. sdroo great to see it here in new york. thanks so much. now here's an early look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. for a celebrity matt damon thinks he is pretty lucky. especially compared to his friends brad pitt and angelina jolie. damon told german tv this past weekend pitt and jolie are like
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prisoners. they can't just go someplace, and even if they just want to take a walk, it turns into an international incident. as for his relative peace, damon credits living in new york city. he avoids tourist spots and says new yorkers are "very cool." they don't flip out if they see me. that may change if i run into him. the fallout from the jennifer lopez and mark anthony divorce seems to be coming from her camp. she says he always tries to manage her wardrobe because he didn't p the mother of two looking too sexy. finally, trying to save a am bleeder and trying to save the episode at the same time as the same night as charlie sheen's roast. cbs released this new billboard featuring new star ashton kutcher, undressed. >> the big question, how are they going to introduce him?
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you know the rumor is he buys charlie's house. i'm all into it. >> the rumors are that they killed off charlie and in the show, so we'll see how it all plays out, except we're not going to encourage people to watch it, right, bill? only nbc. >> nbc. dvr, computer. >> and this comes to us from wxia in atlanta, georgia where in nearby marietta one couple showed love is the best medicine in a life-threatening situation. alan suffered what was thought to be a fatal heart attack. doctors had declared him dead. when they called in his wife angie to say good-bye. instead she told him she loved him and couldn't live without him. moments later alan's heart began to beat. he has since made a full recovery inspired by a wife's undying love for her husband. i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station.
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4:28 out there. it is 77 steamy degrees. another hot day in store for you. good morning to you. i'm eun yang. >> and good morning. i'm aaron gilchrist in for joe krebs. welcome to "news 4 today" on this wednesday, july 20th. we begin with breaking news out of arlington. washington boulevard is closed at glebe road in arlington after a police cruiser collided with another car. they were responding to a fight at the mall when it occurred.
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melissa mollet is live at the scene. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. officers still on the scene two hours later taking photos, taking measurements. this all started around 2:15 this morning. an arlington police officer was responding to a call at the boston mall of a fight, as you said. he was heading down washington boulevard when somehow his vehicle collided with that tan corolla you see there at the median. that corolla ended up on the median. the police cruiser, if you look on the right, ended up on the side of the road in the bushes pretty well damaged in the front. we understand from investigators out on the scene, it was a female driving that corolla. she suffered minor injuries. the officer did suffer serious injuries and was transported to the hospital. of course, this intersection is going to be closed here for some time. if you're heading out in this direction any time this morning, you do want to avoid this area because, again, it will be shut down as this investigation continues. as soon as we get more information, we, of course, will pass that information along.

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